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To most general readers, the first volume of the Autobiography of Mark Twain arrived in 2010 as an unexpected centennial surprise, little knowing that its author had long ago planned it just that way. His request received its just reward: This mammoth, singular autobiography became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, as the second volume arrives, the surprise is abated, but the pleasure remains. This thousand-page opus contains Twain's accounts, memories and musings on his beloved wife Clara and his daughter Susy; his old friend, then rival Bret Harte; publishers, politicians, and imperialists. At times, the nakedness of his strong opinions helps explain why he wanted these reflections to remain secret for so long.